28 March 2020

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Centre's green nod to Rs.1,400 cr Kutch airport project

 

The proposed project, to be developed by Mundra International Airport Pvt Ltd, was recently approved by the Union Environment Ministry after taking into consideration the views of an expert panel.

 

The Centre has given its green nod for developing a commercial airport in Kutch, Gujarat, entailing an investment of about Rs.1,400 crore. The environment clearance has been given to Mundra International Airport's proposed project, subject to the compliance of certain conditions. The company has been asked to obtain the clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for safety and project facilities.

 

The project, which is estimated to generate employment for over 8,000 persons, is proposed to be commissioned in 2021-22. The proposal is to develop the existing airstrip in Mundra into a full-fledged commercial airport serving Boeing 747-400 category aircraft. A dedicated aerospace manufacturing facility will also be a part of the project. Besides improved air connectivity in the region and employment for local people, Mundra International said the proposed project is expected to bring improvement in education, community health, sustainable livelihood and rural infrastructural fronts.

 

 

 

BHEL commissions 5 units of lift irrigation projects

 

State-owned BHEL  said it has commissioned five pumping units of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) Package 8, in Telangana. In the project, water shall be lifted from Ragampet village near Kakatiya canal to feed Mid Manair reservoir and will be used for irrigation and water supply in nearby areas. The project is developed by the Telangana government. The pump for each unit is designed to lift 89.14 cumecs (cubic metres per second) of water by 120.98 metres, according to  BHEL.

 

BHEL's scope in the project comprises complete electrical and mechanical works including design, manufacture, supply and supervision of erection and commissioning of 7 sets of vertical pump-motor sets along with associated auxiliaries. In Telangana, BHEL has so far commissioned 35 pump-motor sets of various ratings cumulatively aggregating to 1,796 MW. In addition, BHEL is executing another 30 pump-motor sets totalling 4,082 MW for various projects like Kaleshwaram LIS Package 6,8,10 & 11 and Palamuru Rangareddy LIS Package 5 & 8.

 

 

 

JSW Infra to buy 14 more mini-bulk carriers

 

Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Infrastructure Ltd will buy as many as 14 more mini-bulk carriers that can move seamlessly along sea and river carrying cargo between its Jaigarh and Dharamtar ports for the captive use of the group’s steel mill and the upcoming cement plant at Dolvi located along the Amba river in Maharashtra.

 

The steel-maker previously ordered 18 such ships, each with a capacity to carry 8,000 tonnes at Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi yards. Out of this, two vessels built at Bangladesh’s Western Marine Shipyard Ltd were delivered to JSW. Cochin Shipyard Ltd is constructing four mini-bulk carriers for Utkarsh Advisory Services Private Limited, part of JSW group. The balance 12 ships are under construction at a Chinese yard.

 

Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Infrastructure Ltd will buy as much as 14 more mini-bulk carriers that can move seamlessly along sea and river carrying cargo between its Jaigarh and Dharamtar ports for the captive use of the group’s steel mill and the upcoming cement plant at Dolvi located along the Amba river in Maharashtra. The steel-maker previously ordered 18 such ships, each with a capacity to carry 8,000 tonnes at Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi yards. Out of this, two vessels built at Bangladesh’s Western Marine Shipyard Ltd were delivered to JSW. Cochin Shipyard Ltd is constructing four mini-bulk carriers for Utkarsh Advisory Services Private Limited, part of JSW group. The balance 12 ships are under construction at a Chinese yard.

 

 

 

Pilot project to introduce Industry 4.0 launched by railways

 

A pilot project for ushering in Industry 4.0 in the country has been launched at the Modern Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli district. The Ministry of Railways and the Department of Science and Technology have joined hands in partnership with IIT Kanpur for taking up a unique project on 'Industry 4.0'. They launched the pilot project for implementation at the Modern Coach Factory, an official statement said.

 

Department of Science & Technology has recently launched a new programme 'Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS)' to foster and promote R&D in this emerging field of research. About Rs 4,000 crore is expected to be spent in years to come in this area.

 

 

 

Gadkari inaugurates Rs. 1,058 crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway phase 3

 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Expressway phase-3, built at a cost of Rs.1,058 crore. The 82-kilometre long Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. A sum of Rs.8,346 crore is likely to be spent on the project. The third phase or package from Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur is over 22-km long, with a civil cost of Rs.1,058 crore.This 6-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on either sides, and a 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa.

 

The project involves construction of a major bridge across upper Ganga canal, seven new minor bridges, a flyover at Hapur bypass, 11 vehicular underpasses, two pedestrian underpasses, two foot overbridges, six major junctions and 105 minor junctions.

 

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region and bring significant reduction in pollution level, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour. The 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred gold medal for innovation in construction technology. The Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

 

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project is being implemented in four packages – an 8.72 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Ghazipur border, already completed in June 2018, a 19.28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP which is 60 per cent done and 22.23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP, which is being inaugurated.

 

Besides, the fourth package includes a 31.78 km long greenfield 6-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, work on which is 57 per cent is done, the statement said.

 

 

Using plastic waste for road construction

 

A stretch of road has recently been constructed using waste plastic on NH-48 near Dhaula Kuan. A portion of Delhi-Meerut expressway and Gurugram-Sohna road have also been planned for construction using plastic waste.

 

The government will utilise waste plastic in large scale for road construction, the highways ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry is encouraging the use of waste plastic in highway construction, especially on National Highways within 50 km periphery of urban areas that have a population of 5 lakh or more.

 

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has embarked upon a mission for utilising waste plastic in a big way. It has mobilised nearly 26 thousand people across the country for spreading awareness on plastic waste management. Over 61 thousand hours of shramdaan has been given to collect plastic waste. This has resulted in collection of nearly 18 thousand kilograms of waste plastic throughout the country.

 

Under the 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' programme of the government, the ministry said it has undertaken various awareness generation programmes against use of plastic, including distribution of pamphlets at toll plazas and nearby dhabas, and organizing painting / essay writing competitions in schools.

 

Awareness programmes are being organised at Camp site / local community centres, publicity through FM Radio, cleaning of National Highways and collection of plastic waste / polythene bags / plastic bottles, cleaning up toll plazas, and organising Swacchata Workshops for truck drivers and toll employees, it said.

 

The ministry is discouraging the use of plastic water bottles, installing dustbins for collection of segregated waste, and is distributing cloth/jute bags, it added. A stretch of road has recently been constructed using waste plastic on NH-48 near Dhaula Kuan. A portion of Delhi-Meerut expressway and Gurugram-Sohna road have also been planned for construction using plastic waste.

 

Plastic waste has already been used in wearing courses of National Highways construction on the pilot basis in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the statement said. The technology used is in compliance with the guidelines of Indian Roads Congress for the use of waste plastic in hot bituminous mixes in wearing courses.

 

 

 

NHAI: Explore "leasing model" for tunnelling equipment

 

For the first time, NHIDCL incorporated a risk matrix specifically for geotechnical risks involved. Construction companies bagging contracts from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for making roads in hilly areas need not buy expensive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) but can explore leasing them, said RK Pandey, Member-Projects, NHAI, while speaking at an Assocham conference on Friday. Under the Bharatmala project,

 

Road Ministry’s NHAI and National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) have to build almost 400 km of tunnels.

 

As these projects – that involve building tunnels through high altitude areas or mountains – are much more expensive than the usual highway projects, both the government and private sector stakeholders want to cover their risks to the extent possible in the contract documents itself. The time and resulting cost over-runs could be much more than the project cost itself. About 30 years ago, when hot mix plants were introduced, the government procured and shared them with the private sector. Now, the contracting has matured, allowing the private sector to invest and lease out TBMs.

 

 

Shristi Infra JV with SPML Infra

 

Shristi Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has entered into a Partnership Deed with M/s. SPML Infra Limited for forming a Partnership firm by the name of 'M/s. Shristi-SPML' JV for construction of Water Supply, Sewerage, Storm water works packages in Ludhiana under Smart City Mission.

 

The project is for construction of Design, Build, Testing, Commissioning of the following Packages along with Five Years of Operation and Maintenance including Two Years of Defect Liability in the ABD Area of Ludhiana under Smart City Mission - Water Supply, Sewerage, Storm water works through Design, Procurement, Build, Operate and Commission and Transfer Contract.

 




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